Kickstarting an indie film adaptation of China Mieville's "Familiar"

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Jason writes, "An indie film company here in Denver called Mythos is crowdfunding an adaptation of China Mieville's short story 'Familiar' with full cooperation from Mieville himself (he's even contributing to some of the rewards). The Kickstarter campaign ends on November 15." Read the rest

Kickstarting a tough, flexible first responder axe carved from AR400 armor plate

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Peter writes, "We spent the summer doing user-centered design (researching, designing, prototyping and building) around fire-fighting - specifically rural and volunteer first-responder fire fighters." Read the rest

Kickstarting new cases for old Amigas

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Philippe Lang is looking for $140,863 from fellow Amiga enthusiasts, which he'll spend producing a run of new cases for Amiga (and Amiga-alike) computers, in 12 colors of UV-resistant plastic. Read the rest

Kickstarting a new edition of Kill Doctor Lucky, the very first Cheapass Game

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Carol writes, "The first Cheapass Game ever was Kill Doctor Lucky, back in late 1996. After multiple editions, and being licensed out for a number of years, it has come back home to Cheapass Games, and we're sprucing it up, just in time for its 19.5th Anniversary. It's now available for pre-order through Kickstarter, with some nice extras, until Friday, November 13th. 'Someone is going to kill Doctor Lucky... it might as well be you!'" Read the rest

Arpeggio, a new instrument for composing, saving, and performing melodies

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Help kickstart Arpeggio. This 'new instrument' has friends in Chicago and Los Angeles going nuts. The Arpeggio reminds me of the fun I used to have with my Casio VL-1. Read the rest

Media literacy show answers hard questions with Adbusters-inspired puppets

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Gus writes, "When we created The Media Show (previously) decided the best way to teach about digital and media literacy was to answer the questions people were already asking Google, we didn't anticipate how bizarre some of the questions would be." Read the rest

Kickstarting a game: "Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful"

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Margaret writes, "Esteemed NYC game-maker Kevin Cancienne (part of the team behind highly adored Drop 7) is launching Home Free, an utterly unique dog exploration game. It's Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful." Read the rest

Kickstarting an encrypted email game about the Snowden leaks

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James writes, "A blend of fact and fiction, players take on the role of an NSA agent tracking down the source of the leaks. They'll discover the journalists involved, and the real messages sent by Snowden to them at the time." Read the rest

Kickstarting an anthology of Hugo nominees

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David Steffen is raising $1250 to defray costs on a collection of 2014 Hugo Award-nominated short stories; one of his stretch goals is an audio edition produced by the excellent Skyboat Media studios (where Wil Wheaton recorded the audiobook editions of Homeland and Information Doesn't Want to Be Free). Read the rest

Kickstarter re-incorporates as a "public benefit corporation"

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By reforming as a special purpose company, they are able to escape the cult of fiduciary duty that insists that management must screw people over whenever it will enhance shareholder value; they are legally able to put people before profits. Read the rest

Kickstarting 1,000,000 new entries in a nonprofit, online dictionary

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Erin McKean, our favorite word-nerd, is kickstarting a project to add one million widely used, but sadly absent, words to Wordnik, the nonprofit online dictionary. Read the rest

Kickstarting an inclusive RPG based on HP Lovecraft's works

Becky writes, "My partner and I are launching our Kickstarter today for a role-playing game based on the works of HP Lovecraft." Read the rest

In a first, court fines operator of delayed Kickstarter campaign

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A Washington state court judgment marks the first time the operator of a successful Kickstarter got fined for failing to follow-through.

Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit in April of 2014 against a Nashville-based company, Nashville, Altius Management, which had failed to deliver a deck of cards marketed on Kickstarter in Sept. 2012.

The campaign was successfully funded to the tune of $25,146, and the cards were to be designed by Serbian artist Milan C. The decks were supposed to be sent to pledgers by Christmas 2012.

Nothing ever turned up, though, and with no official word from Altius after a blog post in early 2013, Ferguson went after it, and executive Edward J. Polchlopek III, in court.

"Washington state will not tolerate crowdfunding theft," Bob Ferguson wrote in a press release. "If you accept money from consumers, and don’t follow through on your obligations, my office will hold you accountable." Read the rest

Support this programmable smart watch kit developed by 8-year-old

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Developed by an 8-year-old maker named Omkar, the O Watch is a 3D printable, programmable, smart watch kit for kids. Omkar has launched a Kickstarter to scale up the O Watch so other kids can use the platform "to learn programming, 3D printing and crafts." Support it! Read the rest

This smartphone anti-slip solution has the best Kickstarter video ever

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An excellent video for Lil Grit, Nathan Cobb's Kickstarter project to fund the manufacture of a small grippy pad that sticks to the side of your phone so it doesn't slip out of your hand. There are quite a few funny moments in the short promo.

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Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, 100 artists' tribute to Jazz Age comic legend

Locust Moon Press's Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is a kickstarted tribute to Winsor McKay's seminal Jazz Age comic strip, with contributions from Peter Bagge, Paul Pope, Charles Vess, Carla Speed McNeil, Bill Sienkiewicz and many others. Read the rest

Kickstarting an omnibus of seminal punk zine BLT

It's been 25 years since the zine BLT started, the early intersection of punk and and desktop publishing. Read the rest

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